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A New Year’s Journal reflection

SPRINGVILLE — This time of year, we read a lot about change. Seems like every article I see is about how to make yourself over, how to change your bad habits, quit this, alter that, make that other thing a better, fresher you. When that clock clicked over to midnight on Jan. 1, we were all supposed to look back on the past year and its successes and failures and look at how to tip those scales in the other direction, in 2014.

When I reflect on this past year, I think about the changes I’ve seen, both for myself, for the world and for this paper. So what’s gone on at the Springville Journal, this year?

We won two awards from the Local Media Association, both for an investigative feature on the Spring Creek Pharmacy robbery and an editorial piece, continuing our commitment to providing in-depth, dedicated content.

A new editor stepped up to the plate (that would be me), as we said goodbye to a wonderful former editor, and gained a great reporter, who’s been pounding the pavement for us, for a few months now. Metro Group Inc, our parent company, saw a new managing editor take the helm, and enacted several changes, under his leadership.

We adjusted our letters to the editor policy, to encourage civility and community-mindedness, within these pages.

We launched a new feature, “Your Stories” to give you the opportunity to see your life stories in print, and to give voice to some of the wonderful, fascinating people in our area. Don’t forget, you can always send your ideas for that section to info@springvillejournal.com or call us and let us know, at 592-4550.

We continued with the local merchant “Getting to Know Your Neighbor,” feature, which recognizes the achievements and operations of regional businesses. We’re always looking for local merchants who want to participate!

And best of all, we continued to receive your letters, submissions and phone calls, to let us know what’s going on with your kids’ sports teams, their music and art exhibitions, the awards they’ve won and trips they’ve taken. We’ve heard about your families, your friends and the exciting things our local residents are doing, every day. Those submissions, notes and phone calls are what makes this newspaper what it is: the voice of our local community.

Last week, a reader called me and said “I read the Journal every week; it’s my bible for what’s going on around town.” Granted, he was calling to let us know we had missed a piece of news, but we’ll take compliments where we can get them!

We want to be your news bible, and I’m calling on all of you, readers, to help us do that. If there’s one thing the Journal has as its New Year’s resolution, it’s to continue to provide broad-ranging, in-depth, interesting and newsworthy content that covers the activities and interests of our readership.

So please, keep sending your photos, event announcements, news items and tips to info@springvillejournal.com.

Call me at 592-4550 ext. 24 or stop in and say hello at 41 East Main St. in Springville. We’re always excited to hear from you, the reason we do what we do.

Happy belated New Year, and may 2014 bring all good things, to all who travel these pages.
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